"Eat with Snakes above you!" Malaysia Off The Beaten Path Tip by neamman

Malaysia Off The Beaten Path: 160 reviews and 171 photos

In Penang there is a hotel on the top of Penang Hill which has a Restaurant which specializes in Hot pot. We werer there with my inlaws and after eating I went out with my sons to enjoy the breeze and view. After 10 minutes the owner asked me if i noticed anything which i had not. He them pointed out the canopy of the veranda was crawling with hagman's vipers a poisonous snake found in penang snake temple. Luckily they are very non agressive and will only bite if really provoked. The snakes previously sometimes fell on diners which gave people near heart attacks. Nowdays he has a wire mesh to prevent the snakes falling. He doesnt try to get rid of them as they keep rats and mice down. Needless to say I would never stay at that hotel!! But I have great videos of my kids and their cousins sitting on the verandah and a snake curled up on a ledge about 3 foot above their head.

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  • Written Feb 14, 2008
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